WordPress Sites – Batten Down The Hatches

There’s a WordPress bot going around breaking into sites that haven’t changed the default username and password.

Matt Mullenweg:

Here’s what I would recommend: If you still use “admin” as a username on your blog, change it, use a strong password, if you’re on WP.com turn on two-factor authentication, and of course make sure you’re up-to-date on the latest version of WordPress. Do this and you’ll be ahead of 99% of sites out there and probably never have a problem. Most other advice isn’t great — supposedly this botnet has over 90,000 IP addresses, so an IP limiting or login throttling plugin isn’t going to be great (they could try from a different IP a second for 24 hours).

“The Web We Lost”

Great article on the old web that lambasts the current walled-garden approach, but then scroll to the bottom to see Facebook’s social plugin, demonstrating exactly why something like Facebook has taken off with regular people™.

Not that it negates Dash’s point – it is, after all, outside of the garden.

There’s this video of Matt Mullenweg floating around in which he says something like “No matter what I do on Twitter, Facebook, or other sites, I always come back home to my blog.” I’ll post it if I see it again.

“Open Web FTW” by Matt Mullenweg

One of the beautiful things about the WordPress community is that it’s a lot of original content creation rather than just a few things being regurgitated over and over again, which is a fair criticism of what happens on social networks. I think of blogging as a craft. It’s something that you think about, that you try to do your best at. It’s part of your identity.

I really know very little about how WordPress.org works. I sometimes think about shutting this down and starting from scratch at Tumblr or Posterous. It would be easier for me, I wouldn’t have to worry about web hosts, and I’d get a nice reblog button.

But I get the warm and fuzzies whenever I read about what Matt values and think about what that means for people who use the software he founded.